The Permanent Representative Delegations to the United Nations (UN) of Vietnam, Sweden and some other countries together with the UN Sustainable Development Solution Network (UNSDSN) hosted a seminar on the post-2015 development agenda and a new climate change agreement in New York.

In her opening speech, Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, stressed that 2015 is an important year as the UN is working diligently to build a post-2015 development agenda while trying to reach an agreement on climate change as a part of implementing the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

She noted that sustainable development will not be achieved if challenges of climate change are not managed successfully, and vice versa, sustainable development goals will provide a framework and driving force for a climate change deal.

The ambassador took the occasion to brief the audience on Vietnam’s efforts in the related fields, including the designing and implementation of national strategies on climate change and green growth.

She called on the international community to provide assistance to Vietnam, either in the forms of finance or technology and capacity-building.

At the seminar, participants agreed that climate change is one of the biggest challenges to sustainable development and that countries should focus on reaching a global agreement on climate change during the 21 st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris late this year.

Participants also stressed the need to mobilise resources for coping with climate change, including implementing a commitment to contribute 100 billion USD to the Green Climate Fund.-VNA